Again we all had a wonderful time at Holiday Forum. My day began with morning prayers at 7.45, or a little earlier as I was leading them. This was followed by a good breakfast, being able to choose from a selection of porridge and cold cereals, yoghurt, fruit and cooked breakfast items like bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs etc followed by toast and croissants.
Morning worship was excellent, enjoyed by kids and adults alike. I then went to lead a kids’ craft group but have been told the theme talk, about following the leader, was very good and informative. After coffee and biscuits the children dispersed to age appropriate activities and adults dispersed to interest appropriate groups. This year these included Needlework, photography, discussion group, film group, Bible study and choir. Lunch consisted of lighter options such as soup or salad, or a choice of hot dishes. Desert was a choice of fruit or cake type pudding.
Afternoons had a varied choice of activity; poetry, making model boats, Tai Chi, outing to Nottingham or swimming, cricket, worship and movies. Evenings saw us racing the model boats we made earlier, having a pub quiz, wellbeing service, ceilidh and “Forum’s Got Talent”.
Evening meal was similar to lunch, lighter options or main meal. Desserts again! My favourite was Eton Mess one day but there were cheesecakes some days, mousses, cakes or crumble and custard. Special diets were well catered for and there was an alternative for children.
There are also competitions during the week, Scrabble, Yahtzee, boules and table tennis; we also had a paper quiz.
Although you can go on a foreign holiday for the same price, you get so much more from Forum. There is a real family feel to the fellowship and if you have the energy there is always something going on to join in with. I wholeheartedly recommend the experience, we went 17 years ago as a “1 year only” and haven’t missed a year since!
Written by Wendy Roe and family